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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 169
Bright red-ruby. Ripe, expressive aromas of redcurrant, plum, spices and nutty oak, accented by a minty nuance. Then plush and suave in the mouth, with blueberry and raspberry fruit complicated by spicy oak and a floral nuance. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and plenty of early sex appeal. This wine reportedly includes a bit of cabernet sauvignon for the first time in many years. A very good showing today.
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Author: Robert Parker
I had this wine four different times, rating it between 88 and 92, so some bottle variation (or was it my palate?) seems at play. The wine is certainly deep and medium to full-bodied, but I don't think it equals their brilliant effort in 1998 or even some of their more recent vintages. Nevertheless, there is a lot here to like, especially in the bottles that showed so well. Plenty of floral-infused blueberry fruit intermixed with some incense, lead pencil shavings and spice are present in this richly fruity, full, fleshy wine, which should drink well for up to 12-15 years.
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